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What is required to file a restraint order based on a

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What is required to file a restraint order based on a pattern of harrassment via email. The person is both a paedophile and my father. He lives in Florida, I live in Moorseville
JA: Because laws vary from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?
Customer: I just did. He lives in Florida. I live in North Carolina. The harrassment is online
JA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?
Customer: I would prefer to file on my own
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: No Ok
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  Ely replied 10 months ago.

Hello and welcome to JustAnswer. Please note: This is general information for educational purposes only and is not legal advice. No specific course of action is proposed herein, and no attorney-client relationship or privilege is formed by speaking to an expert on this site. By continuing, you confirm that you understand and agree to these terms.

Are you asking about the procedure, or, what qualifies as harassment?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Expert:  Ely replied 10 months ago.
Thank you.
The decision to file the restraining order is up to the alleged victim, meaning you can file this in NC or FL. It is more practical to file this in NC, arguably, and NC allows this under NCGS § 1-82.
This is called a "50B" Domestic Violence Protective Order.
He can be restrained if any of the following are true:
-attempts to cause bodily injury, or intentionally causes bodily injury;
-places you or a member of your family or household in fear of imminent serious bodily injury;
-continued harassment (as defined here) that rises to such a level as to inflict substantial emotional distress; or
-commits any rape or sexual offense listed in NC sections 14-27.21 through 14-27.33.
In North Carolina, there are two types of domestic violence protective orders:
-Ex parte temporary protective orders given at the time of filing; and
-Final domestic violence protective orders (also called a DVPO or a 50B order or a restraining order).
An ex parte temporary protective order is a court order designed to provide you and your family members with immediate protection from the abuser. A judge may issue an ex parte order the same day you file your complaint for a domestic violence protective order (without the abuser present) if s/he believes that there is a serious and immediate danger to you or your child. If the judge does not issue the ex parte order on the same day, the court must hear the request for an ex parte order within 72 hours or by the end of the next day on which the court is in session in the county of the filing, whichever occurs first.* Note: Hearings held to consider an ex parte temporary protective order may be held via video conference.
An ex parte temporary protective order will protect you until your full court hearing takes place, usually within 10 days from when the order is granted or within 7 days from the date the respondent is served, whichever occurs later. Note: The ex parte order will not be able to be enforced until the defendant is served with a copy of the order.
A final domestic violence protective order (also called a DVPO or a 50B order or restraining order) lasts up to one year. You can ask the court to extend the order for an additional two years (with the exception of the custody provisions), but you must do so before it expires.*** (See How do I modify or extend my order?) Before the order is issued, you will have to have a full court hearing to get a final domestic violence protective order. In this hearing, the abuser will have a chance to defend himself/herself. Unlike ex parte hearings, a hearing for a final domestic violence protective order cannot be held via video conference.
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Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Why haven't you called?
Expert:  Ely replied 10 months ago.

The site allows the expert to opt out of the call request, and I must respectfully ***** ***** not worry - other experts receive the request as well, and the first available expert calls. They will also have your question and my replies to build upon, so nothing will be lost. But regardless, I see that an expert attempted to take the call but there was "payment failure," meaning that the payment did not go through. You may wish to contact JustAnswer to take care of this so the call is made.

Meanwhile, did you see my answer above in chat?

Gentle Reminder: Please, use REPLY or SEND button to keep chatting, or RATE POSITIVELY and SUBMIT your rating when we are finished. You may always ask follow ups at no charge after rating.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I got nothing more than I would have showing up at the county court house. I already know how to do that.